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Airbus has urged airlines to replace most of the European-made speed sensors on their A330 and A340 planes for more "consistent" ones made in the U.S.

The recommendation follows a series of incidents in which speed sensors -- known as pitot tubes -- made by French defense and electronic systems group Thales have been observed to give inconsistent readings mid-flight.

Thales-made speed sensors came under scrutiny during the investigation into the mysterious crash of Air France flight 447 on June 1, killing all 228 passengers and crew. See a map of the flight route Read full article »

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